Marisa Helms Feature Archive

You've got to work a little to hear Spanish language radio in the Twin Cities. There's a smattering of programs on community stations. But, if you know where to look, there are now two 24-hour Spanish language stations going head to head for listeners. (06/11/2006)
Even though most people who spoke at four hearings on the University Avenue corridor favored light rail, questions and fears remain about the impact such a project would have on St. Paul neighborhoods. (05/25/2006)
The first public hearing on transit plans for the central corridor yielded a number of enthusiastic comments in favor of building light rail along University Ave. (05/23/2006)
While the day was meant to show immigrants' economic clout, the message may be more political than financial. (05/01/2006)
Immigrants and immigration reform are hot topics at the state Capitol and in Washington. Immigration is always the topic at Neighborhood House, a St. Paul community center providing services for the growing numbers of immigrants and refugees in the metro area. (04/28/2006)
Many workers at the Ford Assembly plant in St. The Twin Cities plant employs nearly 1,900 workers. Some of those workers say they're not giving up hope that the plant will somehow remain open. Ford say it won't. (04/14/2006)
The St. Paul City Council has rejected a hotly contested Metropolitan Airports Commission proposal to build a floodwall to protect the downtown St. Paul airport. (04/12/2006)
St. Paul is preparing to address an ongoing problem with flooding on the Mississippi River. The St. Paul City Council holds a public hearing Wednesday night about a controversial proposal to build a flood wall and dike to protect the downtown St. Paul Airport. (04/05/2006)
A St. Paul developer is pushing ahead with plans to build a $1 billion project along the Mississippi River. There's just one catch. The city has not approved the project. (03/21/2006)
Public safety officials say human trafficking has come to Minnesota. They don't have enough information on exactly how many victims of this modern form of slavery are here, but they believe it's probably more than 100. (03/14/2006)
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his first State of the City speech after taking office in January, and said the city faces a $20 million budget shortfall. (03/08/2006)
The mayor of St. Paul gets to appoint dozens of city department heads and advisors. Since taking office last month Mayor Chris Coleman has filled four key positions with women. (02/27/2006)
A key prosecution witness in the trial of Ronald Reed Wednesday backtracked on her story. Reed is charged with first degree murder in the 1970 slaying of St. Paul police officer James Sackett. (02/23/2006)
A Ramsey County prosecutor said the man accused of conspiring to kill a St. Paul police officer nearly 36 years ago was attacking a symbol of the white establishment. Attorneys gave their opening statements Tuesday in the trial of Ronald Reed, 54, who is accused of aiding and abetting the 1970 murder of Officer James Sackett. (02/21/2006)
Ford Motor Co. plans to announce nine more plant closings over the next few years. So far, the Ford assembly plant on the Mississippi River in St. Paul has been spared. Some say the reason may have to do with a unique asset at the site -- hydroelectricity. (02/12/2006)